[Ed. – Now Smartmatic is weighing in. Not sure how this one will turn out; the program hosts (Dobbs, Bartiromo, Pirro) being targeted have been pretty careful to affirm only things that are demonstrably true about Smartmatic. Fox News’s finances have to be in worsening shape with their ratings plunge since the election, but they should be able to pull through a lawsuit without having to cower. We’ll see if they do. They’ll seriously lose their entire audience if they drop those hosts. I do have to assume a judge will laugh the gratuitous boilerplate about “neighbor against neighbor” and “mob attacking the Capitol” out of court.]
Smartmatic, an election technology company, filed the suit in New York State Supreme Court against the Fox Corporation, Fox News, and the anchors Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro. As part of the same action, the company is suing Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who made the case for election fraud as guests on Fox programs while representing President Donald J. Trump.
In its 276-page complaint, Smartmatic argues that Mr. Giuliani and Ms. Powell “created a story about Smartmatic” and that “Fox joined the conspiracy to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software.”
“The story turned neighbor against neighbor,” the complaint continues. “The story led a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol.”